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Cultivating Focus, Resilience and Compassion at Lausanne


Starting in January, Lausanne will be hosting a monthly SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) speaker series via Zoom.  The series is intended to give school constituents guidance and resources during these uncertain times.  “We are fortunate to have this outstanding group of experts, several who are members of our school community, to present on these timely topics for us.   Their respective areas of expertise can add value to our daily lives during these stressful times and beyond,’ said Greg Graber, Lausanne’s Director of SEL.   

The series starts on January 12, 2021 with acclaimed author Jonathan Mooney. Mooney is the author of The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal and Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines as well as numerous articles and talks.  The SEL Speaker Series will take place monthly throughout the school year via a virtual platform, starting January 12, 2021 at 7pm.

Registration is free and open to all members of our community and guests, and can be found at, where you can also purchase Jonathan Mooney’s books. 

2021 Lausanne  SEL Speaker Lineup:

  • January 12- Jonathan Mooney, best-selling author, on neurodiversity (WATCH VIDEO)
  • February 16- Dr. Chanda Murphy, psychologist and owner of Mindful in Memphis, on social media (WATCH VIDEO)
  • March 16- Dr. Patrice Reed, pediatrician, on building resiliency (WATCH VIDEO)
  • April 13- Dr. Danielle Jackson, social worker, on self-care for parents
  • May 11- Dr. Colby Taylor, psychologist and professor at Christian Brothers University- Movement for the Body and Brain
Please contact Director of Social Emotional Learning Greg Graber ( or Director of Lausanne Learning Amber Colvin ( with questions or for more information At Lausanne, we believe the best educational environment makes learning challenging, engaging and meaningful for students. Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) builds a student's ability to understand and manage their emotions. It allows students to feel and show empathy for others, and establish and maintain supportive relationships. Students learn to make responsible decisions and set and achieve positive goals.

A child may speak three languages, have the ability to do higher level math, and have a near-perfect ACT score.  However, if that child cannot regulate his or her emotions, that child will not reach full potential in school or in life. 

There are five main areas we focus on through SEL as identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
  • Self-Awareness - Understanding our strengths and limitations helps us develop a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism. If a student develops the ability to understand their emotions, they can begin to see how emotions impact their thoughts and their influence on behavior. 
  • Self-Management - It's important for students to learn how to regulate their emotions, thoughts and behaviors in different situations. Students at Lausanne learn to manage stress, controlling impulses, including setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
  • Social Awareness - With students from over 55 different countries, Lausanne is the perfect place for students to develop the ability to understand and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures. This helps build empathy and understanding with others.
  • Relationship Skills - Learning how to positive social relationships and work with others is essential to developing into a healthy adult. At Lausanne, we help build these skills by helping students practice communicating clearly and listening actively. They learn to cooperate, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
  • Responsible Decision-Making - Helping students develop the ability to make positive choices at school builds their ability to make responsible decisions on their own. To do this, they need to have realistic evaluations of the consequences of their actions, and be cognizant of the well-being of self and others as they make decisions.

In addition, to our in-person SEL  programs, SEL videos will be posted frequently to our SEL page.  Video topics will include:

  1. Teaching SEL to students (some tips, ideas, and/or content for ways in which to support the students we teach, coach, advise, etc.) 
  2. Teacher/Staff Self-Care (tips on how to take care of yourself during these trying times).
  3. SEL Tips for Parents (information for parents on strengthening EQ and SEL for their children).

These videos may be found at:

SEL and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Students navigating life during the Covid-19 pandemic underscores the need to teach them ways to regulate their emotions and cope with the stress of living in an accelerated culture. That's why Lausanne has developed SEL programs for students across divisions that can be facilitated in person and virtually that help students grow their social and emotional resiliency.
Lower School
Middle School
Upper School

SEL topics/activities for daily Morning Meetings with Students

Mindful Moments for classes

Character education activities


Daily Focus SEL every day before classes begin

Mindful Moments before every academic class facilitated by teachers and students

House System Activities to build character education through competition


Freshman advisory conversation topics for character education and The Lausanne Way

Mindfulness sessions for stress reduction and focus 

Mindful Moment to begin each convocation

Character education and Mental Toughness groups and clubs 

Advisory Committee for Lausanne SEL Programs
The members of the advisory council are experts in their chosen fields who will be will be working with us to ensure these programs are supporting our students to the full extent. 
  • Dr. Danielle Jackson, Social Worker
  • Dr. Hugh Moore, Psychologist
  • Dr. Chanda Murphy, Psychologist and Owner of Mindful in Memphis
  • Dr. Patrice Reed, Pediatrician
  • Dr. Colby Taylor, Psychologist and professor at Christian Brothers University
  • Dr. Lucas Trautman, Psychiatrist